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Occupational Therapy & Hand Therapy

Certifieed Hand Therapist A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is an occupational therapist or physical therapist who has a minimum of five years of clinical experience, including 4,000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy. In addition, the Certified Hand Therapist has successfully passed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper quarter rehabilitation.

Because of changes in the profession, and medical advancements, every CHT is required to demonstrate continued professional development and competency by recertifying every five years.

Benefits Of Working With A CHT: People value the use of their hands and any loss of function through injury or accident may have a devastating effect on their lives. Anyone with an injury wants the very best of treatment to assure the best possible recovery. The Certified Hand Therapist credential offers assurance to a patient that their therapist has achieved the highest level of competency in their profession and that the therapist is committed to ongoing education in the field of hand therapy.

Hand Therapy Is Highly Specialized: The intricate and delicate anatomy of the arm, wrist and hand frequently experience trauma that can be painful and may require surgery to correct. When patients undergo surgery on the arm, wrist or hand areas they often require hand therapy as part of th epost-operative recovery and rehabilitation process. The complexity of these surgeries requires a trained, knowledgable therapist in order to achieve the best possible outcome. Our CHT has extensive knowledge on surgical techniques, normal complications and a variety of treatment methods.

Can Hand Therapy Help You? If you are suffering from any type of pain or dysfunction with wrist movement or simple hand movements then you are certainly a candidate for hand therapy. It is extremely common for individuals who do repetitive manual tasks, such as typing or manual labor, to suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome. Accidents and age are other common causes of disabilities and pain in the wrist and hand areas. Please consult with your physician and discuss your interest in hand therapy treatments. Your physician can write a medical order (prescription) which you can bring to our clinic and begin your hand therapy sessions.